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Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

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**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


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**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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Michelle replied to Gigi's discussion 'PIR Nov. 29'
"Hi just keep your phone with you the call will be probably be soon my son called me around 11:30am in my time it was around 2pm Chicago time.. Safe travel everyone!"
Nov 25, 2019
yapackers left a comment for Michelle
"I know they are able to purchase things there at Boot Camp forgot what my daughter called the store but there they can purchase the card.  When we got a call from our daughter on the 17th she said she would be able to call again in 2…"
Oct 25, 2019
Michelle replied to Gigi's discussion 'PIR Nov. 29'
"Hi Gigi thank you for the info,so i guess i dont have to send a phone card.. My son maybe will just purchase too.. Thanks again!"
Oct 24, 2019
Michelle replied to Gigi's discussion 'PIR Nov. 29'
"Hi did you send a phone card to your daughter?"
Oct 23, 2019
Michelle replied to Gigi's discussion 'PIR Nov. 29'
"Hi, good day i have a question regarding you said he probably bought a phone card at NEX? But how if they dont have anything with them or even money to buy? Just wondering. Any suggestion if i will send a phone card? What kind? thank you!"
Oct 23, 2019
Michelle replied to Gigi's discussion 'PIR Nov. 29'
"By the way do i have to send phone cards so that he can make a call? Or even without phone cards he can?"
Oct 22, 2019
Michelle replied to Gigi's discussion 'PIR Nov. 29'
"Hi @ lemonelephant, thank you! But ots like im just worried since i thought im gonna expect a call right away on his 3rd week but its more then that now.. is this normal?"
Oct 22, 2019
Michelle replied to Gigi's discussion 'PIR Nov. 29'
"Hi, is it pissible to not recieve phone calls yet its more than 3 weeks now, thank yoy!"
Oct 22, 2019
Michelle replied to Gigi's discussion 'PIR Nov. 29'
"Ok i will, thank you!"
Oct 21, 2019
Michelle replied to Gigi's discussion 'PIR Nov. 29'
"Hi yes i wont book ticket first unless everything is final especially my son havent called me yet.. So calls happen randomly not everybody on the same PIR date get to make calls on the same day? Thank you!"
Oct 21, 2019
Michelle replied to Gigi's discussion 'PIR Nov. 29'
"Hi, I havent recieve any calls yet from my son but i recieved a ketter stating that his PIR Iis on Nov 27, anybody recieve a call?"
Oct 21, 2019
Michelle commented on YMM (Ship 12 Div 98)'s group 'PIR Reference Information'
"What time do 2nd call usually happen? Its the 3rd week of my son and still waiting for his 2nd call.. thank you!"
Oct 17, 2019
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN left a comment for Michelle
"Welcome to!    Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community…"
Oct 16, 2019

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At 6:01am on November 27, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Since you have a Sailor, you can change "At Boot Camp now" above to “Enlisted.” 

If you get an error message, then look at the area/s in the error message and unclick all of the choices in the area/s and make choices closer to the question/s. Some choices may have changed since you joined.

At 11:04pm on October 25, 2019, yapackers said…

I know they are able to purchase things there at Boot Camp forgot what my daughter called the store but there they can purchase the card.  When we got a call from our daughter on the 17th she said she would be able to call again in 2 weeks.  

At 10:41pm on October 23, 2019, lemonelephant said…

What is your recruit's rating (job) or field going to be or does he have contract for one of the PACT programs?

At 9:12pm on October 23, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Make at least change 3 at the bottom of OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link) and change the Privacy Settings for this page from "Anyone" to "Members." 

There may be other changes you need to make as well, so read and consider each of the changes. 

At 9:11pm on October 23, 2019, lemonelephant said…

The Page, What does ??? mean? (A Guide to Navy Abbreviations and Terminology), will help you with many of the new terms you will come across. 

At 9:10pm on October 23, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Divisions 003 and 004 are brother divisions and train together and will have Battle Stations-21 (BST) together, so look for others with loved ones in either division. Write to your recruit and ask when Battle Stations-21 (BST) will be so you will know when to expect the "I'm a Sailor!" call.

There is info on Ship 04 and more in Ship/Division--How it Works.

At 7:28pm on October 17, 2019, lemonelephant said…

You may receive an "I'm still alive!" call in week 3 or 4 (calendar week, not DOT), but that call can come before or after that depending on when the RDC is able to schedule the phone banks. (It has been coming during the third weekend after arrival for many lately or early in the following week.) The call may be only a few minutes to a half hour or more depending on how long the RDC schedules the phone banks. Don't expect a call, but do have your phone available from 8ish am to 8ish pm Central Time and be pleasantly surprised when you receive a call.  The "I'm still alive!" call or other calls the RDC schedules usually come in the mornings on weekdays except on the day of a PIR because the "I'm a Sailor!" calls, which are typically made 1 to 7 days before PIR now, are in the afternoon and evenings, but calls can come anytime during those hours on Saturday.  Calls on the day of a PIR or on Sunday come between 1 and 8 pm. Calls for security reasons or for information are generally made during regular business hours.  Remember "No news is good news!" See Phone Cards and Phone Calls. 

Possible times for calls scheduled by the RDC: 

8 am to noon M-Th, but not usually in the afternoon and evening due to "I'm a Sailor!" calls then, but if the phone banks are available, the RDC could schedule a call. That happens most on Thursday since the graduating divisions are practicing for PIR or on Monday if there was no BST Sunday night. 

1 pm to 8 pm F or Sun 

8 am to 8 pm Sat 

Calls for information or due to a problem usually come during business hours, M-F 9 to 5 pm. 


Calls are totally up to the RDC. Don't expect a call, but have your phone available at all times (especially from 8 am to 8 pm Central Time M-Th and Sat and from 1 pm to 8 pm Central Time on Fridays and Sundays--calls at other times are possible, but generally indicate a problem or a need for information) and be pleasantly surprised when you get a call. See Phone Cards and Phone Calls.&

At 7:22pm on October 17, 2019, lemonelephant said…

I invite you to join Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) there.Arrival and What Happens at RTC will tell you what is happening and what to expect.  

If you would like information on your recruit's rating (job/occupational specialty) or field, then let me know the rating or field. There are groups for most specialties and/or "A" Schools and knowing that will help you to better plan for PIR weekend.  

Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 4:26pm on October 16, 2019, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN said…

Welcome to!   

Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community Guidelines and this Operations Security (OPSEC) Checklist, for the safety and privacy of all our Sailors.

Then jump right in!  Browse around the site and check out the groups and the information in their Discussion Forums.

Join this group for boot camp moms, where you'll also find a group for your Pass in Review (graduation) date; and this one for PIR Reference Information.  

Get a head start during boot camp by joining groups for, and learning about, your Sailor's occupational specialty and "A" School; and later your Sailor's duty station and/or Navy ship and homeport. You can also join groups for your own state, region or home town and interests from getting ready for deployment to care package ideas!

Please say Hi when you join a group, and feel free to ask any and all questions - everyone was new once, and there is no "dumb" question. 

This site was created by the U.S. Navy just for you, and we look forward to getting to know you and your Sailor.  

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